Williams Racing has taken a bold step to commemorate the much-anticipated return of Formula 1 to the dazzling Las Vegas Strip after an absence of nearly four decades. The iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign takes center stage in the team’s striking FW45 F1 car livery, making it a sight to behold.
While the color palette remains largely unchanged, Williams Racing has incorporated a series of captivating enhancements that infuse the car with a true Vegas vibe. The pièce de résistance is, without a doubt, the majestic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign, accompanied by the shimmering cabochon lights adorning the rear of the car.
This sign has transcended its original purpose and become an emblem of Las Vegas, featured prominently in countless Hollywood films showcasing the vibrant Strip. Complementing this iconic symbol is the radiant blue Williams lettering that gracefully spans across the engine cover and rear wing endplates, paying homage to the city’s neon-lit extravagance.
Williams Racing has a historical connection with the city, having secured victory in one of the previous two Formula 1 races held in Las Vegas. Back in 1981, Alan Jones emerged triumphant at the inaugural Caesars’ Palace Grand Prix, a memorable day marked by both triumph and challenges for the team. While Jones celebrated victory, his teammate Carlos Reutemann narrowly missed out on the world championship title, which ultimately went to rival Nelson Piquet.
The livery also serves as a testament to Williams Racing’s strong ties with the United States and commemorates the final home race of the season for driver Logan Sargeant. Sargeant’s future with the team remains uncertain, adding an element of intrigue to this already captivating story.
Unveiling the special livery, Williams announced via its official website:
“Williams Racing is delighted to unveil its special livery for the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix, marking the sport’s return to Sin City for the first time in over 40 years.
“The livery takes inspiration from the famed showmanship of Vegas, featuring the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign and the cabochon lights that have brought the desert to life throughout its history. The illuminated Williams lettering is a nod to the iconic Neon Boneyard, completing an homage to the electric energy of Vegas across the engine cover and rear wing endplates.
“As the final home race for driver Logan Sargeant and the team, this livery celebrates Williams Racing’s American ties and the excitement of racing in Vegas under the lights for the very first time.”